Council response to storm damage and roads update
Highland Council’s Community Services continues to work with partners in SEPA, Met Office, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and local communities to address the impact of storm damage throughout the Highlands.
Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Drew Hendry has hailed the multi-agency response to the weather, he said: “Highland Council and partners have acted swiftly to address the impact of the tail end of hurricane Bertha throughout our area, particularly in Kingussie and East Ross.
“When businesses and homes are under threat this reinforces the importance of the Council’s commitment to delivering major flood schemes like the River Ness Flood Alleviation Scheme. Yesterday we also offered assistance to Moray Council as part of a mutual arrangement as their region was severely affected by flooding.
Councillor Graham MacKenzie, Chair of Highland Council’s Community Services Committee praised Council staff, he added: “Staff in Community Services and across the Council responded quickly to the flooding and damage from fallen trees. I would like to thank them all for their hard work and swift response. Works are ongoing today to continue the clear up and I would urge motorists to heed road closure signs for their own safety and for the safety of our staff and to be aware of continued surface water on roads across the region.”
The Council Office at Ruthven Road, Kingussie has re-opened today and the Service Point is expected to re-open at 1:30pm this afternoon. Members of the Public requiring assistance can also contact the Council’s Service Centre on 01349 886606. The Planning Office on 100 High Street will remain closed due to water ingress and Planning Staff are working from the Ruthven Road Office until further notice. To contact Kingussie Planning staff please phone: 01540 664 510.
The following areas continue to be affected:
· A836 at Invershin closed due to high river level.
· All other A-class roads open. One or two sections where there is reduced width due to coning off.
· Minor road at Hope remains closed due to washout.
Skye, Ross & Cromarty
· No issues reported on Skye.
· A832 Kerrysdale, Gairloch – road closed due to flooding.
· All other sections of the A832 that were closed yesterday now reopened. Some reduced width sections, passable with care.
· Minor road at Badralloch closed, landslide being cleared.
· B9154 at Moy Railway Bridge closed, expect to reopen mid-morning.
· B851 Flichity, road still closed.
· Minor road at Dunlichity – road closed.
Badenoch and Strathspey
A938 closed at Duthil, expected to reopen mid-morning.
B9152 – Wildlife Park – closed until waters recede.
Nairn – No public roads closed.
Lochaber – No issues reported.